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2015 Corbières Rouge “Réserve La Demoiselle”

Domaine de Fontsainte

2015 Corbières <i>Rouge</i> “Réserve La Demoiselle” Domaine de Fontsainte - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
With all the undeservedly overpriced wine on the market today, it’s easy to say we’ve found a great deal. Nevertheless, Fontsainte’s Demoiselle takes “value” to the next level: a time-tested terroir and generations of savoir faire yield hedonistic drinkability, uncommon complexity, and long-term cellaring potential, all at an unchanging and quite accessible cost. Century-old Carignan with a hearty dollop of Grenache and Mourvèdre is responsible for this dark, meaty, garrigue-ridden stallion. If past vintages are any indicator, you’ll want to enjoy this today, tomorrow, and much farther down the line.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvédre
Appellation: Corbiéres
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine de Fontsainte
Winemaker: Bruno Laboucarié
Vineyard: Carignan Planted in 1904
Soil: Silica, clay, limestone (gravelly with large galets, or rounded stones)
Aging: 60% of wine ages 8-12 months in French oak barrels, remainder in cement tank
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Production: 21,000 cases
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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